Atlanta Occupy Location Tests Positive for Tuberculosis
In the last 3 months 2 people at the homeless shelter have been positive for TB when tested and since it is spread via the air, a move to a new location might be in order soon. The 2 testing positive are being treated and the strain is one that is antibiotic resistant. This would be the second move for the Occupy Atlanta group after they were no longer allowed to use a Park for overnight camping.
The article also said the homeless shelter might be evicted by the city as well. BD
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.
The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
“Over the last three months were have been two persons who have resided in this facility who have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected infectious tuberculosis (TB),” said Fulton County Services Director Matthew McKenna in a written statement to CBS Atlanta. “One of these persons was confirmed to have a strain of TB that is resistant to a single, standard medication used to treat this condition. All person(s) identified as positive have begun treatment and are being monitored to ensure that medication is taken as directed.”